It’s a funny thing about money and spending it — nobody truly enjoys doing it. No matter how wealthy, everyone wants a great deal on what they buy. Whether it’s a sparkly piece of jewelry or the occasional greeting card, we all glance at the price tag at least once — even if it’s for a millisecond — before heading to the check-out counter.
There are many of you out there, however, who are missing some fabulous deals that are right under your noses! Just because they’re not blasted through advertisements certainly doesn’t mean they’re any less legitimate or unworthy of taking advantage of.
The images of clipping coupons after hours of research and buying discounted deal vouchers may come to mind. But on the contraire, you could be saving boat loads on everything from books, music, jewelry, and even greeting cards without using any newspapers, printers, or scissors!
Here are five places that are hiding some show-stopping bargains, and there’s something good for just about everyone you know!
1. ShopLately.com: Accessories & More
Buying fashion jewelry, bags, and other accessories can really cost an arm and a leg. Sales can come and go, but on ShopLately.com this is never the case. The company Glint & Gleam keeps customers stock full of themed sales every single day and prices for earrings, necklaces, rings, and so much more can often start at only $3.00-$5.00 (like these Tangle-Free Rhinestone Earrings in antique silver that are priced at $5.00). In addition, ShopLately features many more luxury fashions from top name vendors. Stylish tops, outerwear, and other unique accessories are regulars on this site. And with shipping charges always at $2.99, you won’t spend twice the amount just to get your gorgeous goods!
2. Amazon mp3 Store: mp3 Music
Music piracy has been huge since the 90’s, and it’s because everyone hates paying for music. The invention of the portable mp3 player turned listening to music into a Catch-22: the convenience of it makes spending easier to do. Buying your favorite jams through iTunes is simple, and for the most part cheaper than having to go out and buy CDs the old-fashioned way. Even purchasing entire albums this way can cost about $5.00 less on average. But save even more and take your business to Amazon.com’s mp3 store. Chart toppers can start at measly $0.49 a song and $4.99 an album (Buy Coldplay’s latest album “Mylo Xyloto” and David Guetta’s “Nothing But the Beat” for $4.99 right now!) ! Amazon features frequent sales and over 1000 albums for free, including music from rising stars and new artists. Its entire selection comes to over 18 million songs. Once purchased, the Amazon mp3 Downloader transfers your music straight to your iTunes or Windows Media player so you can instantly start jammin’.
3. Dollar Tree: Greeting Cards, Gift Bags & More
Greeting cards are just as enjoyable to gift as they are to get, but sometimes they’re a little pricey. It’s the thought that counts, so spending close to $5.00 for a card to say thank you, sorry, congratulations, or get well soon is a bit steep. That doesn’t mean that the card should be cheap in quality! After all, a card says a lot about your sentiments so it should reflect them accordingly. Dollar Tree is a chain of discount stores that prices every item for only $1.00. While other similar stores have emerged to mimic the idea, Dollar Tree also often sells brand name items. Popular brands of greeting cards like American Greetings and Tender Thoughts are sold at Dollar Tree for $1.00 while stores like Wal-Mart, Target, etc. sell them at their sticker prices. Sounds skeptical, I know. Often such discounts are available because the product is defected, but there’s no such catch here! Pick up beautiful gift bags/boxes, holiday decor, stationary items, even certain discontinued brand name beauty products for much less here. You’ll be surprised at how much you can save without compromising on quality products.
4. SpreadSong Inc. iPhone/iTouch Apps: Free Books & Audiobooks
How many times have you heard people use the excuse, “I’d read more if I had more time.”? This is probably true, but since the emergence of portable books readers like the Nook, Kindle, and the ability to download audio books to mp3 players – it’s not as valid anymore. What’s more, there’s no hassle of lugging around heavy books or even leaving your house to pick it up at the bookstore or library (for the few that even have a library card these days). Now you can read on the go in the passenger seat, riding the bus, while on the plane, in the waiting room at your doctor’s office – pretty much wherever! But you’ll still have to pay for most of the time – or not. SpreadSong Inc. has created two revolutionary apps for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad that brings you almost 24,000 free books to read or listen to! There is even an option to email your downloaded books, so you can send them to yourself to access on any computer. Titles include classics like Pride and Prejudice, Anne of Green Gables, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Aesop’s Fables, Great Expectations, and literally thousands more. If you’re a student, don’t waste your money on buying from the bookstore. Teachers and parents can do read-alongs with their kids by playing the audio books out loud to follow along with or just listen to. The options are endless, and it’s truly a great way to reread your favorites or find new titles without spending an extra dime!